So you want to be able intimidate someone? It might seem like a good idea, but it’s not as easy as people think. In order to do this properly, you need a lot of confidence and bravado. The best way to start is by shaking their hand firmly and maintaining eye contact. These things will help you come off as confident and strong-willed which are two qualities that make up an intimidating person!
Stand up straight and tall
Standing up straight and tall may seem like a natural exercise, but it is not something that everyone does when they are in an intimidating situation. For example, many people walk with their head down when they move around the office and do not maintain eye contact with anyone they happen to pass by. To combat this type of person, all you really need to do is be confident and keep your head high.
Make eye contact with the person you’re trying to intimidate
One way to intimidate someone is by making strong eye contact. This can sometimes be difficult to do, but if you are able to maintain it then the person will have a hard time looking away and you will successfully achieve your goal of intimidation. Maintaining eye contact also creates a sense of rapport and allows for more effective communication between people.
Give a firm handshake
A firm handshake is a common trait of a confident and intimidating person. When you’re giving a firm handshake, use a grip where you place your thumb in the center of the other person’s palm with two fingers on either side of theirs. Shake firmly but not too hard or it can be seen as aggressive. If you shake someone’s hand for more than three seconds, it starts to feel awkward.
Speak in a deep voice and use assertive body language (don’t slouch)
Speak in a deep voice and use assertive body language. This will help you to feel confident and portray that you are unafraid of anything. You can also speak with authority-like comments to show that you’re not scared of what follows. Grasp the person’s hand tightly during a handshake, be sure to maintain eye contact, and give your best smile.
Smile confidently, but not too much – it’s intimidating when someone is smiling at you all the time
Try and slightly maintain eye contact and offer a firm handshake to show your confidence. However, it is important not to be too confident because this could result in unintentional intimidation. The best way to be intimidating is to maintain eye contact, have a firm handshake, and have a calm demeanor.
Put your hands on your hips or behind your head if they are crossed over your chest
This is just one of the thoughts that were happening when I was in high school. I didn’t know if this would be intimidating, but it was just something that popped into my head.